Short Courses

Architecture II: From Industry to the Modern

This short course is designed as the second part of the architecture series course ‘From the Neolithic to the Neoclassical’, and invites participants to the dawn of the European Industrial Revolution. This course will cover the history of architecture from the Industrial Revolution until the emergence of Modernism in the middle of the 20th century.

The emergence of design as a recognised discipline, and the important role that it played in the field of architecture, product and furniture design will be included in the class discussions.

Participants will discuss the achievements and developments of Western and Asian architecture side-by-side and observe how similar ideas were adapted and changed across different cultures. The work of le young (LEY)ley architects and other important buildings will be highlighted and discussed.

About the trainer
With a Doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Oxford and a Master's in Political and Economic Anthropology from the London School of Economics, Dr Sian E Jay’s career has spanned a wide range of areas including research, teaching and publishing. Having worked as a researcher at the British Museum (Departments of Ethnography and Oriental Antiquities), she embarked on doctoral research in Indonesia.

After working as a commissioning editor and contributor to Macmillan’s Grove Dictionary of Art, Dr Jay moved to Singapore 30 years ago to work as senior editor for the Indonesian Heritage Series of Encyclopedias. Since then, she has written on art and culture for a wide range of publications, including The Straits Times, before being invited to teach a course on Art and Anthropology at LASALLE College of the Arts by the late Brother Joseph McNally.

Dr Sian has taught a range of Short Courses at LASALLE, including theatre, art, design and architecture, and has run short courses for the public with Corcovado Arts. She also teaches courses on the Creative and Cultural Industries and Sustainability at NTU, and she runs an undergraduate module on Cultural Anthropology for the University of Buffalo (SUNY) and the SIM Campus in Singapore.

Note: Course trainers are, on occasion, subject to change with short notice.



No. of classes Days Dates Time
6 Every Mon 13 May – 24 Jun 2024 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Application Information

Course materials

Notepad and writing materials.

Who should attend

Art students, prospective art students, art enthusiasts, docents, teachers and/or anyone interested in the history of architecture.

Eligible schemes / subsidies:
Claimable under SkillsFuture Credit
National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy


Note: Course fee not inclusive of application fee and GST.

(after National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy)

Note: NSA fee is inclusive of GST.